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IVF on NHS - early stages - quite confused! X

Hi - never joined an online forum before, but starting on the big old journey that is IVF I think it might help to be able to chat to people in the same position!

Our situation - married, been TTC for some time however husband has a proven very low sperm count after trying to conceive with a previous partner (they never actually had IVF treatment as they parted).

We are pursuing help via NHS. So far we have both been tested for bloods (all fine bar I have slight low thyroid level 4.58) I was referred for a pelvic ultra sound (all fine) and we just had a our first appointment with a Fertility Doctor at a Hospital in London this week.

We were asked plenty of questions, it was all very quick I couldn't really take it all in! We were in and out! Husband has been given an appointment to re-test sperm (which I'm pleased about) I have to go and have an X-ray of my womb and uterus, then we have a follow up appointment in June to discuss the results and I assume, consider the next steps and what treatment to undergo.

No one has mentioned funding at any stage and we are just assuming we have been put forward for free cycles (or at least one) on the NHS...is that right or wrong? I am 34, he is 51.

Is there specific criteria they look at when submitting you as a case? For example can you be refused if you are overweight? I am, not by a lot but would be classed as overweight if you checked my BMI. Also we said we have both given up smoking 4 months or so ago which is true...will the fact we said we stopped help??

Once you have had your appointment to discuss results - what happens next and how long does it take before you begin pre-treatment (hormones etc..) ??

Early stages of procedure but would appreciate any feedback advice as we were whipped in and out so quick I didn't have chance to think!!

Thanks to anyone who has the time to respond! xx

2 Replies

hey, I've recently been added onto a list for ivf and there is a list you have to fit into. Over weight, under weight how long you've been with your partner for and lived together. A few things but not many, I've only recently stopped smoking myself, around four months too and that was okay.

I hope this helps and good luck! :-)


They checked us both out first before putting us forward for NHS funding. I had to gain half a stone to qualify.


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